David Hockney is one of the most renowned British artists of this century. Hockney was born in Bradford, England. He attended the Royal College of Art in London in 1959. Upon concluding his stay in London, Hockney traveled widely, visiting New York and Cairo before settling in Los Angeles.
Hockney first became known in the 1960s for his paintings of the Los Angeles landscape and lifestyle. Hockney had a very distinct style which smoothed and flattened settings while stylistically adding a sense of vigor to the kinetic elements as seen in the paintings A Bigger Splash or A Lawn Being Sprinkled .
Hockney began experimenting with new media in the 1980’s. Such media included photography as well as photocopiers and fax machines. Hockney also created a number of large Polaroid photo-collages. The collages varied from portraits to landscapes to domestic scenes. In doing so Hockney simultaneously compressed and fragmented space and time. He combined images taken over varying spans of time creating images with hard seams that remain recognizable and coherent.
Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm was a limited-edition artist’s book and portfolio printed in 1969 by Petersburg Press. Hockney read all 220 of Grimm’s fairy tales before personally selecting which six he wanted to illustrate. The 39 original etchings that he created play upon the simple, direct language and the fantastical, often absurd nature of the stories. The works go beyond literal illustration to construct memorable images of wit, imagination, and dramatic graphic style.
Santa Fe Reporter – Zane’s World: Ever AfterFairy tales are always being co-opted. The famous brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm who, in my day, were often mistaken to the originators of all fairy tales (whereas now Nickelodeon is more likely to be the mistaken originator), simply collected and interpreted stories they gathered in Germany for Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales). […]
PRESS RELEASE – Once There Was, Once There Wasn’t: Fairy Tales RetoldFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, August 31, 2007 Once There Was, Once There Wasn’t: Fairy Tales Retold September 14 – October 7 Reception: Friday, September 14, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30pm SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Once There Was, Once There Wasn’t: Fairy Tales Retold. This group exhibition […]